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June 25, 2014

‘Gay’ not the only sin in Bible

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

After seeing a post in the Tahlequah Daily Press, it has taken me a while to research the issue – the “Satanic” issue, that is. Apparently being gay is now a “Satanic practice” in the eyes of some, for I am sure Corene Fisher is not alone in her thoughts.

She stated that God called it an “abomination.” Maybe so, but God also said, “Love Thy Neighbor.”

Wake up, Fisher, we are your neighbors. Instead of loving us, you are condemning us. Remember that word. You shall see it again. Yes, some of us are gay, but that doesn’t mean we worship, like, support, or even believe in the devil. Some of us are straight, attending the event to support the loving of our neighbors. We are practicing Christianity right there.

The picnic was a beautiful event, meant to be a good thing, put together by good people, Christian people, and perhaps some non-Christian people. Just because someone is non-Christian doesn’t mean he is satanic.

Is it the thought of a gay way of life that displeases you? Is it because it makes you uncomfortable? Why is it you feel so strongly about this particular sin, that you feel the need to condemn us all to hell? Not that it much matters the reason; I’m just curious.

Well, do not be deceived: “neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God.” This is the Bible. Let me just relay what that means.

Fornicators: People who have sex before marriage.

Idolaters: People who over-idolize someone or thing.

Adulterers: People who have sex with someone other than the one they are married to.

Effeminate: First definition (of a man or boy), “having tastes, traits or habits usually considered feminine”; second definition, “excessive softness, self-indulgence.”

Abusers: to take advantage of one’s authority, treat harmfully, to speak unjustly to or about, sexual assault.

Thieves: People who steal what is not theirs.

Covetous: Greedy for wealth or possessions.

Drunkards: Someone frequently drunk.

Revilers: Someone who speaks abusively to others; One who condemns others. (Take a look at your last statement in your letter to the editor.)

Extortioners: People who use intimidation, authority, or violence to gain possession or information from another.

Did you find yourself in there? I’m sure plenty people did. Do you know why? None of us are any better than the other. We all sin. Just because someone else’s sin is different from yours doesn’t mean he or she is any less of a Christian.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins – not just yours, and not just mine, but everyone’s sins, no matter which one it may be. We each sin every day. It’s the human way. The best we can do is work on our own personal sin within ourselves. Everyone else’s is to themselves and their business.

You sinned, Fisher, by the things you wrote and the way you judged all of us and condemned us to hell. So tell me, how is your sin any less horrific than ours? According to the Bible, all sin is the same. Sin is sin.

“Judge not others or you shall be judged; Condemn not others, for you shall be condemned; Forgive others so that you may be forgiven.”

I’m sure plenty of people will read this and say I am misinterpreting, but how do you know? How do you know it’s not you who misinterprets, or the people who changed the Bible from language to language who misinterpreted? Truth is, none of us know the whole truth, which is why, in turn, we do not have a right to judge or point fingers at anyone, no matter the issue.

I’m not trying to preach; I’m not against the Bible, nor am I against those who don’t believe, so please don’t take it that way. I’m just trying to point out, Christian; non-Christian. We are all wrong-doers in some way or another, so why must this great fight keep spreading? Why waste the energy when we are all wrong in the end?

Things to think about, Tahlequah.

Amberly Hendrix


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